Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, Cassidy, It Must Have Been The Roses-> El Paso, Ramble On Rose, Minglewood Blues, Sugaree, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication Bird Song, Samson & Delilah, To Lay Me Down, Terrapin Station
September 3, 2017 Subject:
Close to '81 summit
Among the audience recordings of this show I prefer this one: it is much clearer though lacks ambience and Phil in comparison with Koucky recording. As for the music itself I'm ready to proclaim this gig one of the best of 1981. Fantastic energy, almost perfect (to my opinion) song selection and flawless execution.
I believe this is the best first set of the spring run. And ye, pay your attention to Stella Blue.
June 6, 2015 Subject:
Highlights: It Must Have Been The Roses, Bird Song, To Lay Me Down
I can't remember which version I'm listening to now but I've listen to two and both are grrrrrreat!!! Buffalo doesn't stand a chance against this one for the best of '81.
August 31, 2009 Subject:
Fantastic show, OK recording
Wish there was a great Aud/SBD blended version of this show. I like being able to hear the audience, but the sound is a little bit remote and tinny.
It is simply a brilliant first set, one of my favorites. 5 stars for performance, 3 stars for recording. Check out Sugaree and Lazy Lightning. Very tasty indeed.
September 27, 2005 Subject:
My first Dead concert!
Not only was this my first Dead concert - it was also the first time I had heard any music by the Dead!
25 years later it is a pleasure to listen to this - what a long strange trip it has been! Thanks for making this available.
I do not remember much from the show after all those years. What I do remember was a stunning song, early in the concert, where 3 or 4 of the musicians did a solo, 1 after the other (at the time I did not know who was who!). The song built and built up to a huge crescendo - I was blown off my feet, and that is why I am still listening after 25 years.
And the song? it was the first set version of New Minglewood Blues, where Brent, Bobby og Jerry play solos one after another and finally all hell breaks loose.... Brent's hammond organ sounds fantastic on this song...
This show has a warm ambiant feet with a little two much high end for this writer. The show is a throwback with a Bird>Samson>To Lay Me before the meat of the second set. The first set also has nice placement of Sugaree in the back half of the set. The bird song is spacey and full of jazzy accents very similar to the legendary Cole Bird (3-7-81). PLayin in the Band is over seventeen minutes long and features the band gelling together for a long journey to the Curry house following the show. I think it would be wise to grab this one while it is still hot. It gets a four star because it is a little too Phil-Lite.